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Man from Minto flies New Brunswick flag from atop Mount Everest

Man from Minto flies New Brunswick flag from atop Mount Everest

The New Brunswick flag has been raised to new heights.

On the high of the world, beneath a chilly blue sky, Rick Irvine waved the provincial flag 8,849 metres excessive atop the summit of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth.

“Surprisingly, once you do attain the summit … you’re simply so drained, you understand, that you just’re not leaping up and down — you’re simply glad to have gotten there,” stated Irvine, who’s from Minto, about 50 kilometres northeast of Fredericton, however has spent a lot of his life in South America.

He reached the summit of Mount Everest on Might 24, following years of preparation and one earlier try in 2021.

A man wears a baseball hat and jacket in this black and white photo.
Rick Irvine, 60, efficiently reached the summit of Mount Everest final month. (Submitted by Rick Irvine)

Irvine spoke to Info Morning Fredericton about his weeks-long journey to achieve the highest of the world, in a 12 months that’s already seen 17 different climbers die or go lacking attempting to do the identical factor.

“You’re surviving principally, proper? When you get to eight,000 metres, which known as the demise zone, principally, your physique can’t stay there very lengthy.

“Even with supplemental oxygen, you’re combating, you’re combating via it. You’re attempting to focus, you’re attempting to place one foot in entrance of the opposite. It’s a wrestle.”

Began climbing 10 years in the past

Not like many different die-hard mountaineers, reaching the highest of Mount Everest wasn’t a lifelong aim for Irvine.

In truth, the 60-year-old solely began mountaineering about 10 years in the past whereas residing in Bolivia.

He stated his early climbs had been principally two-week journeys he’d take with pals within the South American Andes mountain vary.

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‘It was actually particular’: New Brunswick man describes being on high of the world

After a failed try in 2021, Rick Irvine has conquered Everest.

“And I used to be completely pleased with that. I had no want to go to to Everest or the [highest] seven summits, which I’ve completed 5 of the seven now.”

By the point he turned 55, Irvine stated, he realized if he had been to ever scale Everest, he was operating out of time, and so he started coaching for his first try in 2021.

‘Adapt your physique to stay off fats shops’

Irvine stated to arrange himself for the primary climb, he went so far as sleeping in a tent with 10 per cent oxygen for 2 months as a option to acclimatize his physique to the circumstances he’d meet on Everest.

He stated he “acquired very near the highest after which failed,” prompting him to take a 12 months earlier than going again for a second try.

A person can be seen climbing up a snowy mountain with another mountain in the background.
Irvine reached the summit after months of coaching that included two hours per day of bodily exercise whereas on an empty abdomen. (Submitted by Rick Irvine)

To arrange this time, Irvine stated he employed a web-based coach, and caught to a regiment of two hours of bodily exercise each morning on an empty abdomen.

“What you’re attempting to do is adapt your physique to stay off of your fats shops, your fats power,” Irvine stated.

It’s a good quantity of preparation, he stated, however “I loved it so it wasn’t actually a wrestle.”

A harmful problem

What’s thought-about the climbing season for Mount Everest is now drawing to a detailed, however with the excellence of being probably the deadliest on report.

Everest summit coach Alan Arnette writes in regards to the mountain, and on Thursday posted on his weblog that 13 folks had been confirmed useless and one other 4 had been lacking.

Mount Everest is seen.
The newest Mount Everest climbing season has been deemed one of many deadliest, with 13 folks having died and one other 4 lacking after makes an attempt to achieve the summit. (Submitted by Rick Irvine)

Irvine stated the quantity of people that attempt to climb Everest will increase yearly, and a few simply aren’t bodily up for the problem.

He stated a part of the issue is that extra folks need to tackle Everest with out having first “paid their dues” on different, much less difficult climbs.

“A lot of [climbing guide] firms will permit them to return alongside, and so with inexperience comes the next danger, I imagine, of a tragedy,” Irvine stated.

‘Getting exterior of your consolation zone’

Although Irvine hasn’t lived in New Brunswick for years, he stated he’s saved family and friends up to date on his Instagram account the place he logs his adventures.

He stated coming from Minto, his message to younger folks from his small hometown is to go after their goals — mountains concerned or not.

“A few of my first experiences in life that basically opened my eyes had nothing to do with climbing, however it was, you understand, it was about journey or seeing one other aspect of what you’re used to, proper? 

Getting exterior of your consolation zone.”

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